NETIZENS are tearing at the PAS for their previous stance on church visits and the current apparent u-turn expressed by party leaders in their attacks against Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh for the ‘Jom Ziarah Gereja’ programme.
Digging old articles from the internet, the netizens are posting these on Twitter to show how the PAS had supported and even visited churches in the not-so-distant past.
Dulu laa pic.twitter.com/C6VaByBsvQ
— CIKY🅰️NIE (@lady_bugg11) March 19, 2023
A photo from a Malaysiakini article in Malay posted by a netizen indicates PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the party does not dispute any Muslim who wants to go to a house of worship of another religion as long as they do not follow that religious ceremony.
Another photo from an article posted on Malaysiakini in Malay dated 2017 shows the then PAS Youth members visiting a church.
The article said PAS Youth visited a church in Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, where they discussed issues regarding the harmony of the multi-racial community.
During the visit to St Anthony’s Church, the group was led by PAS Youth leader Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz was welcomed by Archbishop Julian Leow.
Commenting on the photo on Twitter, @ahmadfaridharun wrote:
PAS bila ada kepentingan utk parti atau diri sendiri maka semua dibolehkan. Mcm2 dalil keluar bagi membenarkan perkara itu. Bila org lain buat semua tak betul atau haram. Tp pendirian aku elakkan la umat Islam pegi ke rumah ibadat agama lain melainkan ada urusan penting yg perlu.
— FaridHarun (@ahmadfaridharun) March 19, 2023
Translated from Malay to English, he is saying, “With PAS if there is an interest for the party or the leaders then everything is allowed. A lot of arguments come out to justify the matter.
“When other people do the same, it is wrong or illegal. But my position is to prevent Muslims from going to other religious houses of worship unless there is an important business that needs to be done.”
Another user @nwl2181 said it is not wrong to understand other religions said: — March 19, 2023
What’s wrong to understand other religions? I am from Methodist school n I hv a lot of Muslim friends during primary and high school and I don’t see any problems but that was 70s and 80s
— NWL (@nwl2181) March 19, 2023
Main photo credit: Malaysiakini